For the Roses
1972: Asylum 7559-60624-2
I love about half of this album and generally ignore the other half. The reasons I love it are tracks 2, 3, 4, and 8, and sometimes the title track and See You Sometime. I cannot STAND You Turn Me On Im a Radio, Woman of Heart and Mind is just not what I listen to Joni for, and Im iffy on Banquet because of its preachy Grandma Moses simplicity. Electricity moves me greatly I love the shifty chord pattern and the mixed-up narrative, puns and all. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire intrigues me a little differently on each listening, as though the storyline has never quite held still over all these years, and its dark, slinky, posturing groove is just delicious. Barangrill, well, its just a lovely out-of-focus snapshot, isnt it? Sort of Bagdad Café in advance . Lesson In Survival almost doesnt take form as a distinct track, but I do like its character sketch. Unfortunately the title track only works for me when Im in a certain mood; the rest of the time its just too obvious and righteously judgemental (however rightly that may be).
[HA! Oh, the beauty of time passing . That title track I lamented has been truly recast as something demanding a rethink and by Her Highness herself, on her fascinating 2002 album Travelogue. I hereby partially retract my assessment of that song here, in light of the retrospective version; it still doesns sit with me, here, but now Im given a second perspective on it from its creator, and thats a kind of double-sight truth I can appreciate tremendously and do. THANK YOU, JONI]
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.